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Bengal Florican population declines

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Concerns on the declining population of Bengal Florican. WCS

The population of Bengal Florican in Cambodia has declined since 2012, according to a survey conducted by Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Conservation Society.

The WCS issued a release on Monday, saying that conservationists estimate that the number of Bengal Florican or displaying males in 2018 was only 104, down from 216 in 2012. The displaying males were found at only four sites, down from 10 in 2012, it said.

The findings, which were recently published in the journal Bird Conservation International, showed that the population of Bengal florican in Southeast Asia has declined by 55 percent since 2012, it said.

The Bengal Florican is considered critically endangered by IUCN and is now almost entirely restricted to the Tonle Sap floodplain, it said.

The WCS said that in 2018, a total of population of adult Bengal Floricans in Cambodia was estimated at 138 and males outnumber females 3:1.

WCS’s Technical Advisor Sum Phearun said that protecting flooded grassland is instrumental in saving its population,

“Protecting inundated natural grassland in the Tonle Sap floodplains is the key action to ensure species recovery and its long-term survival,” Mr Phearun said.

The WCS said that the survey indicated that the population was stable at Stoung Chikreang in the Northern Tonle Sap Protected Landscape where community-based conservation implemented by the Ministry of Environment and supported by WCS.

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